Chihuahua Forum : Chihuahua Breed Dog Forums

Chihuahua Forum : Chihuahua Breed Dog Forums (
-   Chihuahua Questions (
-   -   Luxation Patellar / Pallete Surgery (

bails007 10-28-2009 09:32 AM

Luxation Patellar / Pallete Surgery

Just hoping for some advice

My honey who is 1 year and 10 months went to the animal hospital yesterday about her luxation patellar. She initially had it in one leg but they have found it now in 2. She has grade 3 in her right and grade 2 in her left.
The surgeron said she would benefit as she gets older from having the surgery done now. He explained everything to me about the Op, so im going to go through with the Op.
However Honey also suffers from a rare thing in chihuhua's with her palette. It maybe too long for her little throat. However this has only been diagonoised from physical appearance. She hasnt had any x-rays or put under etc. I explained my concerns to the surgeon as with any breathing difficulty your more at risk when you go under and he has said whilst Honey is under he will take a look at whats going on with her palette and if he feels she would benefit from taking the pallette down then he would also do this op on her. Im very very very worried about this now, i havent stopped crying since my appointment, she is booked in for next weds to have this done.
I know the surgeons know what they are doing, they do it every day etc. But that doesnt stop from worrying, im a worrier in general and i overly protect honey all the time anyway.

Afew years ago i had to put my last chihuahua down who was only 14 months and it broke my heart so having honey now i feel more protective and motherly of her. If anything happens to her next week its going to break my heart.
Recently, honey went to the vets just to have some blood taken and they took her away from me to do it and she freaked out as shes a very nervous dog anyway and her tongue ended up going blue so the vet didnt carry on as she was concerned of the stressful situation honey was in. When honey is excited, the wind catches her breath, or shes distressed she will sometimes make a chocking noise that lasts around 1 minute to which i have to rub her throat, or hold her nostils - this is what the surgeon will be looking at to see whats going on. She grunts when shes walking around, its lke a little pig!
Just wondering if anyone has had any of the Op's honey is due to be having or any other advice would be great!

Sarah :)

Rosiesmum 10-28-2009 10:10 AM

Sorry to hear you are going through this with your dear little Honey (my first Chihuahua was Honey too :) )

I am sorry I have no experience of soft palate surgery in Chihuahuas, so can't help there.

However my Jago needed a patella repair at around 9 months of age, he had a grade 4 or 5 if I remember rightly and could only hop on 3 legs :(
Surgery went brilliantly and he is 7 now and walks/runs great.

If I can be of any help regarding this just ask :)

I'm training in Bach flower remedies and these can be used to help emotional distress in both humans and animals. Maybe this would be something you could both try? If open to it, again, just let me know :)

Healing thoughts on there way...Thinking of you and Honey

Barbara x

bails007 10-28-2009 10:26 AM

Hi Barbara,

Ahhh thank u for this info, its really nice to a hear a success story.

Has Jago had any problems at all with his legs following surgery?
Did he have both legs operated on? Was it ok after the surgery getting around etc?

Sounds interesting what does that involve?

Sarah :) x

Rosiesmum 10-28-2009 10:44 AM


Originally Posted by bails007 (Post 591627)
Hi Barbara,

Ahhh thank u for this info, its really nice to a hear a success story.

Has Jago had any problems at all with his legs following surgery?
Did he have both legs operated on? Was it ok after the surgery getting around etc?

Sounds interesting what does that involve?

Sarah :) x

Jago just had surgery on one leg thankfully. He had to have, if I remember rightly 6 weeeks cage rest...only out for cuddles and toileting. Then he was x rayd and given the all clear to run around again...phew!

Here is link about Bach flower remedies ~

Bach Rescue Remedy would be a good place to perhaps start :)

Mimulus is good for shy, timid dogs that are frightened of known things ie vet.

Have a look and see what you think!


Rosiesmum 10-28-2009 10:48 AM

Have copied this from my old Ch site for you :)
I see it was ONLY 4 weeks cage rest...seemed longer :rolleyes:



Patellar Luxation

It was at the very end 2002, when Jago was approximately 8 months old, that we noticed a problem with his right back leg. Every now and then he would lift it off the ground when he was running about, and at times he seemed reluctant to place his weight on it. Initially we thought that he might just have sprained it, but we took him along to the vet for a check up.

We explained the symptoms and mentioned also that the knee made a "clicking" sound sometimes when we picked Jago up. The vet, on examining Jago, declared that he had a patellar luxation and advised us to see how things developed, explaining that surgery would probably be needed if the knee deteriorated. Sadly, it did get worse, and very quickly - Jago would whimper occasionally and rarely walked normally, only using three legs most of the time. I knew we couldn’t leave him like this!

Our vets referred us to a well-respected veterinary surgeon who specialises in orthopaedic surgery and we took Jago along on the 10th of January, the first available appointment. The vet watched Jago walk around the room, examined him and told us that it was a bad case of patellar luxation (a Grade 4), surgery was the only thing that would help. Without the operation our Chihuahua would never walk normally and the inevitable arthritic changes that would occur would cause pain.

The vet carefully explained the surgical procedure and we agreed the operation was essential.

We’d been advised to be prepared to leave Jago that day if surgery was indicated and so with a heavy heart, we left him there and went home. He would need to stay overnight so, as you can imagine hubby and I were both very worried. Honey looked jubilant!

Thankfully, everything went well and we were able to collect Jago the next day, after he’d been examined by the vet. We couldn’t wait to collect him and he, not surprisingly, looked pleased to see us and Honey! Honey looked unconcerned.

The wound on his leg was about 4 inches long and neatly stapled with eleven clips, we were given antibiotics and painkillers for him and told that he must remain on "cage rest" until seen again in four weeks time.

pam6400 10-28-2009 02:03 PM

So your sorry your little one needs surgery. It is scary for you I am sure.
Our Frankie had luxating patella surgery when he was 9 months old. He had stage 4 in right leg and stage 2 in left leg. Vet would only operate on one at a time so that he would have use of the other leg when healing.
We had his right done and it was a success, no more limping, lifting foot off floor or anything.
Healing time was much shorter than we all anticipated. Had to carry him to go potty for a few days. THe stitches were the worst part. That was it!
We decided not to do the left leg. He seems to be doing fine and he is almost 2 years old. Best of luck to you...

All times are GMT. The time now is 11:11 PM.

Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.5.2
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
© Chihuahua People 2004-2009